'Highly likely' that Russia has lost or fired 16 of its top generals since the start of the war in Ukraine: UK intelligence

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu were present at Navy Day on July 31, but one of the military's top generals was notably absent.
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According to British intelligence, Russia has likely sacked six top generals since the start of the Ukraine war.
Another 10 Russian generals were killed in the war, the Defense Ministry said.
The combined losses likely created an inconsistency in Russia's military command, he added.
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According to the British Ministry of Defense, six of Russia's top generals have likely been sacked since the start of the war in Ukraine because the Russian army performed poorly during the invasion.
"The poor performance of Russian forces during their invasion of Ukraine was costly to the Russian military leadership and has most likely resulted in the dismissal of at least six Russian commanders since hostilities began in February 2022," the Defense Ministry said in a Sunday tweet.
At least 10 other Russian generals have been killed in Ukraine, it said.
"The cumulative effect on command consistency likely contributes to Russian tactical and operational difficulties," the tweet said.
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The Defense Ministry did not say how it obtained this information, but did point to the absence of a top commander at a national military parade attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top generals.
The ministry noted that Colonel-General Aleksandr Zhuravlev, who has headed Russia's Western Military District since 2018, was absent from Russian Navy Day on July 31.
In the Russian military, the rank of colonel general is equivalent to a US three-star lieutenant general, and lieutenant general is equivalent to a two-star US major general, according to the War Institute.
The UK Ministry of Defense also said the Russian leadership had sacked General Aleksandr Vladimirovich Dvornikiv - who was in command of all Russian operations in Ukraine - and General Gennady Valeryevich Zhidko - who once oversaw Russia's southern grouping.
The rank of general is equivalent to that of a US four-star general. According to the War Institute, this is the highest rank currently held by a member of the Russian military.
Russian casualties from the war in Ukraine are estimated in the tens of thousands. US officials estimated on July 28 that more than 75,000 Russian soldiers were killed or injured -- about half the troops Russia originally deployed in its invasion.
In June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy estimated that his country was losing about 100 soldiers a day. Axios later reported on July 15 that up to 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers were being killed or injured every day.
While there were few definitive estimates of total casualties on either side, Insider previously quoted a defense expert as saying in late June Ukraine had lost more than 18,000 troops.
The Russian offensive in Ukraine has made gradual progress since it announced a new push into the Donbass region on March 25, according to the War Institute. Kremlin forces have failed to advance into the cities of Odessa, Zaporizhia, Dnipro and Kharkiv - major population centers on Ukraine's eastern front.
The Department of Defense did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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